Updated: Dec 25, 2019
This trip was booked in seconds. Montreal, Canada, was not at the very top of my travel list, but what the hell. One of my travel buddies, Chauntel, came across a round trip flight for $267 to Montreal during peak season. The crazy thing, the 3 of us live in different states, but the flight price was solid across the board.
Plus, I was able to leave out of my home airport, Milwaukee International. It was nice for a change, not having to take the shuttle to Chicago, Illinois, to fly out of O’Hare.
$267 on Delta
We booked an Airbnb for 6 days and 5 nights for $510.
We absolutely had no real plans. This was truly a freestyle trip. However, there was plenty to do. The Jazz Festival, Food Truck Festival, Carifiesta Montreal, etc…
We landed in Montreal, Canada, and checked into our Airbnb. We did a little sightseeing in the neighborhood. Nothing major, but we did visit this cute little market to pick up a few snacks. That evening we decided to book “Find Montreal’s Black History Onsite Walking Tour” for our third day there. The tour was $35 per person.
Tip: Heads up, everything is in French. Make sure you download a trusty translator app. I used Google Translate. It allows you to use your phone’s camera, to hover over words, translating it into English.
We had breakfast several blocks down from our Airbnb at L’oeufrier. The food was pretty tasty. We then hopped into an Uber and was dropped off in Old Montreal. There we booked a 60 minute sightseeing cruise, Le Bateau-Mouche $25. As we waited on the next cruise, we had a few drinks at this cute little outdoors bar.
Now, I have not one clue why I do not have any photos of the cruise. I think it was the bartender’s fault. She did not hold back on the alcohol.
After the cruise we walked through the Jazz Festival. I can’t say much about it, because we literally walked thru.
That night we headed to First Fridays Food Truck Festival. We got to witness and partake is some goodness. There were 50+ Food Trucks, a DJ, Dancing, and people having a great time.
I decided to get some Paella from one of the food trucks and an icy treat on a stick. It was pretty darn good. The event was FREE to enter. You only had to purchase your food.
Find Montreal’s Black History Onsite Walking Tour. We met our guide Rio, who is a community speaker on Cultural Identity. He took us on a walk through several sites to learn about slavery, famous black musicians, and the history of Little Burgundy, a Historical Black Neighborhood. The tour was cool. It was $35+$10 STM Card to get around to the different sites we visited.
After the tour, we caught a glimpse of Carifiesta Montreal. Montreal’s Caribbean Carnival. I will say meh! And keep it going.
Tip 1: The STM (Societe de transport de Montréal) public transportation is the way to go. It’s $10 dollars day. It’s based on a 24 hour clock. You purchase your card at 2pm. It does not expire until 2pm the following day. You can use the card for the bus and metro. Very easy to use. Google Maps was very helpful with navigating the transportation system.
Tip 2: Wear really good walking shoes. If it wasn’t for my comfy sketchers my feet would have died twice. My feet did die once, but I was able to resuscitate them later. I give all the thanks to my friends. Who are the, “We Can Walk, But Did You Die?” Walking you to the ends of the earth. LOL
There was only 2 of us left this day. Nia had to leave. She left late evening on the 3rd day. This day we pretty much took it easy. We went to the Jean Talon Market and purchased a few items.
Later that evening, Chauntel made reservations for us at the restaurant Onoir. Now this was a true dining experience. Dining in the dark. What made this such a unique and dynamic experience. The restaurant employs people who are blind and visually impaired to serve the meal.
When you arrive, you are given a menu to choose a 3 course meal. Then you are given a locker to place your items in. You’re not allowed to bring phones in the dining area.
Your waiter who is blind guides you through this pitch black room to your table. One person has to hold onto his shoulders with both hands, and everyone else holds onto their partner’s shoulders.
Once seated, the waiter brings your drink, followed by the appetizer, entree, and dessert. When I say you can’t see a thing. You literally can’t. You have to do everything by touch. It was a great experience and the food was so so good. The duck OMG!!! Mouthwatering. The funny thing, there were no salt and pepper shakers on the table. It wasn’t like I needed it. The food was seasoned to the Gods. Cost $54.26 (3 course meal, tip, and beverage).
We didn’t’ do much this day, but more sightseeing and we ate at this cute little restaurant, L’Avenue. The line was wrapped around the corner. The food was really good.
We packed up and headed to the airport to fly back home.
Food and Souvenirs $285
Sightseeing Cruise $25
Black Montreal Walking Tour $35
Grand Total: $842